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SPECTACULAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does spectacular mean? 

SPECTACULAR (noun)
  The noun SPECTACULAR has 1 sense:

1. a lavishly produced performance

  Familiarity information: SPECTACULAR used as a noun is very rare.


SPECTACULAR (adjective)
  The adjective SPECTACULAR has 3 senses:

1. sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
2. characteristic of spectacles or drama
3. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

  Familiarity information: SPECTACULAR used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SPECTACULAR (noun)


Sense 1spectacular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A lavishly produced performance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

they put on a Christmas spectacular

Hypernyms ("spectacular" is a kind of...):

performance; public presentation (a dramatic or musical entertainment)


SPECTACULAR (adjective)


Sense 1spectacular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect

Synonyms:

spectacular; striking; dramatic

Context examples:

a dramatic sunset / a dramatic pause / a spectacular display of northern lights / it was a spectacular play / his striking good looks always created a sensation

Similar:

impressive (making a strong or vivid impression)


Sense 2spectacular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of spectacles or drama

Context example:

spectacular dives from the cliff

Similar:

dramatic (suitable to or characteristic of drama)


Sense 3spectacular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

Synonyms:

prominent; salient; striking; outstanding; spectacular

Context examples:

an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom / a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book / salient traits / a spectacular rise in prices / a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center / a striking resemblance between parent and child

Similar:

conspicuous (obvious to the eye or mind)


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